Rogers Founder and CEO Ted Rogers Passes Away

Ted Rogers
By Kevin Michaluk on 2 Dec 2008 11:27 am EST
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We'll be missing you Ted!! Our sympathy goes out to all of his friends and family....

Press Release

Rogers Communications mourns passing of Founder and CEO Ted Rogers

Visionary business icon, philanthropist, family man and proud Canadian TORONTO, Dec. 2 /CNW/ - It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors of Rogers Communications Inc. announces the death of our colleague, leader and friend, Edward Samuel "Ted" Rogers, the founder of the company, a visionary communications industry pioneer and an icon in Canadian business. He was 75.

Mr. Rogers, known for his indefatigable drive, built Rogers Communications into a Canadian and North American leader in wireless telecommunications, cable television, broadcasting, publishing and more. Mr. Rogers' name is synonymous with innovative, high-quality communications products across Canada, products that improved and simplified the everyday lives of Canadians.

"We wish to express our deepest sympathy to Loretta and all of the Rogers family for this loss," said Alan Horn, Chairman of Rogers Communications and acting CEO. "Ted Rogers was one of a kind who built this company from one FM radio station into Canada's largest wireless, cable and media company. A leader also in giving to the community through his and Loretta's many philanthropic initiatives. He will be sadly missed."

Phil Lind, Rogers Vice-Chairman, worked alongside Mr. Rogers for almost 40 years. "Our sincerest condolences to Loretta, the children and the grandchildren. He will be missed by so many. Though Ted was relentless in business and building this company over the years, he was also very much a family man. His impact on family, community and country was as impressive as his business success," Mr. Lind said.

Mr. Rogers, who suffered from congestive heart failure, saw his health weaken over the past few years. He was surrounded by loved ones when he died at his home in Toronto. Mr. Rogers' successor as Chief Executive Officer will be addressed by the Rogers Communications Inc. Board of Directors which intends to form a special committee to lead a search considering internal and external candidates. In the meantime, Alan Horn, Chairman of Rogers Communications Inc., will continue to serve as acting Chief Executive Officer and lead the company's office of the president. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the family.

About the company: Rogers is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data communications services through Wireless, Canada's largest wireless provider and the operator of the country's only national GSM/HSPA based network. Through Cable, we are one of Canada's largest providers of cable television services as well as high-speed Internet access and telephony services. Through Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, and sports entertainment. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit www.rogers.com. %SEDAR: 00003765E

For further information: Jan Innes, Vice President, Communications, Rogers Communications Inc., (416) 935-3525

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Rogers Founder and CEO Ted Rogers Passes Away

8 Comments

Despite what some might say - he was a true canadian business icon and made his mark. Founder of Rogers Wireless tha we enjoy and use, Rogers Centre aka Sky Dome, and much more... This is a loss ..

i am sorry to hear about MR Rogers death and i am sure he will be missed by many.from what i have been reading was he had the for site to see which direction the wireless industry was heading and he was able to bring HI speed service to rogers wireless.my heart goes out to all his family and i pray that god will be will them.

jerry

My sympathies and condolences to the Rogers family and their friends. Mr. Rogers was a true Canadian icon- without Rogers many parts of the country wouldn't even have cellular, cable, or high speed internet service.

May he rest in peace, God bless.

Its sad to hear that MR TED ROGERS passed but will he be missed??? even tho hes an Canadian Icon which im happy too see some1 make it so far in there life. We have to look at both pros and cons his passing Con Lower Prices Pro :D even tho it probably would never happen but just something to think about those at his round table will probably have majority of his stake sold to US investors like all our other wonderful canadian based booming business ie Tim Hortons...thats what bothers me we are slowly but surely being sold to the american economy...to become "ONE" due To the New World Order watch out for crushing of our Loonie for them to introduce the "AMERO" look it up get informed and spread the awareness..."cash rules everything around me get the money, dolla dolla bills yall"

every thing in the USA is getting sold to over seas investors or over seas countries nothing in the USA his American owned anymore so i know how you feel.what i don't understand is why your or our government will allow a foreign country to buy up our assets.

I have to admire what he's done for Canadian media (print, wireless communications, broadband internet, television, and radio). Without some of the corporation's initiatives, I don't think Canada would have enjoyed the levels of diverse and multicultural media and methods of communications we are all now accustomed.

i am sorry about Mr Rogers he sounds like a nice fellow and i will be praying for his family. i do have one questing though how big is Rogers wireless? ( how many customers ? )

jerry